The cricket world has witnessed only one Cameron Green centuries in international cricket. Earlier this year, Australia and India faced off in a close series to fight for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India won the first two Tests in Delhi and Nagpur to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Most importantly, Rohit Sharma’s men retained the BGT.
However, Australia made a comeback by winning the third Test of the series in Indore. The fourth and final Test was all about whether or not the Aussies could draw level in the series. The pitch did not have much demons and bowlers had to work hard for reaping the rewards.
After opting to bat first, Australia got off to a decent start, although the likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb failed to take advantage of the conditions. Green came to bat at No.6 after Mohammed Shami cleaned up Handscomb with an absolute peach.
Australia’s score was 170 for the loss of four wickets in 70.4 over and needed contributions from their lower order batters. From there on, Green put his head down to make sure that the Aussies put up a score of 480 on the board in their first innings.
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At Stumps on Day 1, Green was unbeaten on 49 and was close to a well-made half-century. Moreover, Green and Khawaja put up a partnership of 85 runs to make sure the Aussies finished the first day with their score at 255 for the loss of four wickets in 90 overs.
Green got to his fifty off 67 balls in the first session on Day 2. When Green and Khawaja brought up their 100-run partnership off 179 balls, the Indian bowlers seemed a tad clueless. Before the lunch session on the second day, Green was unbeaten on 95.
Immediately after the break, Green notched his first century off 143 balls with the help of 16 fours. Just when he was seeming ominous to get a big score under his belt, Ravi Ashwin accounted for his wicket. Green tried to sweep the spinner through fine leg for a four, but could only get an edge. KS Bharat took a sharp catch behind the wickets.
Green ended up scoring 114 runs off 170 balls with the help of 18 fours. Green departed with Australia’s score at 378 for the loss of five wickets in 130.2 overs. Labuschagne did not get to bat in the second innings and the match in Ahmedabad ended in a draw. Australia also lost the series 1-2.
Here is a list of all Cameron Green centuries in Tests
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Missed chances of Cameron Green centuries
A number of Cameron Green hundreds were on the cards, but somehow, the batter got out against the run of play. Back in January 2021, Green scored 84 off 132 balls with eight fours and four sixes against India at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. In the first innings, Green got out to Jasprit Bumrah after not being able to get off the mark for 21 balls.
However, the right-handed batter made amends to some extent in the second innings. After the hosts lost the wickets David Warner and Will Pucovski, Green joined hands with Marnus Labuschagne. The duo put on 103 runs for the third wicket to bring Australia’s second innings back on track.
Just when it seemed that the world would witness the first of Cameron Green centuries, the batter got out against the run of play. Green tried to take the attack to Bumrah, but could only get an outside edge. The Indians appealed after which the on-field umpire gave Green out.
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But Green used tie DRS to give himself a chance for survival. Replays showed a spike on the Snickometre and Green had to walk back after playing a masterful knock under pressure. The match ended in a draw and it was Steve Smith, who won the Player of the Match awards.
Back in March 23, 2022, there was a chance of another one of Cameron Green centuries, this time in ODIs, but that was not the case eventually. Although he failed to get to a hundred, it is arguably Green’s best knock for the Aussies at the highest level.
After being put in to bat first, New Zealand put up a score of 232 for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs. The score was not expected to pose much a threat to a strong Australian batting unit, but things turned out to be a bit different.
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Australia were reduced to 44 for the loss of five wickets in 12 overs. The Black Caps were all over the hosts on a tricky surface to bat on. From there on Green took charge and helped the Aussies make a stupendous comeback.
Green stayed not out on 89 runs off 92 balls with 10 fours and a six as Australia chased down the target with five overs left in their innings. Green and Alex Carey put on a partnership of 158 runs for the sixth wicket to bring Australia right back into the contest.
Carey also played a vital knock after he racked up 85 runs off 99 balls with eight fours and a six before Lockie Ferguson dismissed him. Green went on to win the award for the Player of the Match after the Aussies won by two wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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Although it was not in international cricket, one of Cameron Green centuries came in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Green scored 100 not out off 47 balls with eight fours and as many sixes. He helped Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Aiden Markram’s Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets.
Green has grown leaps and bounds over the last few months, having played a number of match-winning knocks for different teams. It would not be a surprise if the world witnesses plenty of Cameron Green centuries in the future. He has been an asset for the Australia team across all three formats.